Friends of the Library reaches 40-year mark |

Friends of the Library reaches 40-year mark

ANDY BRUNERsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado
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Friends’ book and bake saleWhat: The Friends of the Library Holiday Book and Bake SaleWhen: Today from noon to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Where: The Buffalo Mountain Room at the County Commons near FriscoPrices: Hard covers are $2 and paperbacks are $1 today. On Saturday the prices for hard covers drop to $1 and paperbacks will be $.50.

Summit County, CO ColoradoSUMMIT COUNTY – This year, Summit County’s Friends of the Library is turning 40.The local volunteer group that raises money for everything from books and CDs to skylights for the Summit County Library is “imperative” to the library’s public service, said library director Joyce Dierauer.”They’re all volunteers and they’re all wonderful,” Dierauer said. “Every one of them is different as to how they give their time.”Susan Donaldson, Friends of the Library’s secretary, said the group aims to get the library resources beyond what its own funding provides. “Our main purpose, I guess you’d say, would be to raise money to buy things that couldn’t otherwise be purchased.”

That makes for quite a long list: in addition to books, DVDs and CDs for circulation, Friends of the Library helps pay for furniture, computers and other technology, additional part-time library staff and numerous library programs.”On average they spend I would guess over $10,000 a year on the library,” Dierauer said.When the group started 40 years ago, the reasons for membership were much the same as they are today, said Phyllis Labar, one of the founding members of Friends of the Library. “It was just a group of people who wanted to get a good library going,” she said.While the way people gather information through libraries has changed quite a bit in 40 years, the mission of Friends of the Library has remained the same: to assist the Summit County Library without steering its direction.”We as a rule don’t say, ‘You need a desk right there.’ We wait until they say, ‘We really need a desk,’ ” Donaldson explained.While the more expensive items the group helps buy may get more attention, Donaldson said they make up only a small part of Friends of the Library’s donations. “Most of the time we do smaller items,” she said. “Books of course add up to thousands of dollars. They’re not small-ticket items.”

Dierauer said she’s grateful for the support of Friends of the Library. “I appreciate the dedication and service that they’ve given us all these years, and I hope they’ll continue to do so for many years,” she said.One of Friends of the Library’s biggest regular fundraisers starts today with a book sale and bake sale in the Buffalo Mountain Room of the County Commons – one of three book sales the group puts on every year.The sale’s hours are today from noon to 6 p.m. and tomorrow, Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Today, hardback books cost $2 and paperbacks $1. Tomorrow hardbacks will sell for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. Baked goods are priced to sell.Contact the Summit County Library at (970) 668-5555 for more information.Andy Bruner can be contacted at (970) 668-4620, or at

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